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Regional: Strengthening the Institutional Mechanism of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program

Sovereign (Public) Project | 54392-001 Status: Active

The TA will be aligned with the impact of economic cooperation and integration between SASEC member countries, and between SASEC and its neighboring subregions accelerated. The proposed outcome will be the implementation of SASEC programs, projects, and initiatives accelerated. The outcome will be achieved through the following outputs (i) national institutional mechanisms enhanced; (ii) working groups for program-, project-, and task-related initiatives and issues strengthened; (iii) SASEC Secretariat operationalized; and (iv) capacity of SASEC member countries to plan, implement, and monitor projects and initiatives strengthened.

Project Details

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Hayashi, Tadateru South Asia Department Request for information
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Project Name Strengthening the Institutional Mechanism of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program
Project Number 54392-001
Country Regional
Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Maldives
Myanmar
Nepal
Sri Lanka
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6674-REG: Strengthening the Institutional Mechanism of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 900,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform

Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development

Transport / Multimodal logistics - Road transport (non-urban) - Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The TA will be aligned with the impact of economic cooperation and integration between SASEC member countries, and between SASEC and its neighboring subregions accelerated. The proposed outcome will be the implementation of SASEC programs, projects, and initiatives accelerated. The outcome will be achieved through the following outputs (i) national institutional mechanisms enhanced; (ii) working groups for program-, project-, and task-related initiatives and issues strengthened; (iii) SASEC Secretariat operationalized; and (iv) capacity of SASEC member countries to plan, implement, and monitor projects and initiatives strengthened.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

For the past 19 years, the SASEC program operated on an institution-light and projects-heavy format. The SASEC program's mechanisms for facilitation, coordination, and monitoring, as well as the platforms for discussions among the member countries, consist of (ii) SASEC Nodal Officials, who meet at least annually to review and provide strategic direction and guidance for cooperation under SASEC; (iii) working groups and subcommittee, which meet at least once a year to review strategic priorities and project-based progress; and (iv) SASEC Secretariat which is based at the ADB headquarters and assisted by regional cooperation specialists and focal points based in the resident missions. The SASEC FMs met once to endorse the SASEC Vision.

This served the program well as the countries enjoyed the flexibility to proceed on their own pace. However, with the SASEC program facing more intensified and increasing new demands and the pursuit of the SASEC Vision's goals through the Updated OP and APSI, the strengthening of its institutional mechanisms is necessary. The enhancements in the existing institutional mechanisms and arrangements aim to ensure that the SASEC Vision provides a coherent and strategic direction for the SASEC program, and that the SASEC OP and APSI set the frameworks, guidelines, and priorities for more deliberate planning and accelerated implementation of regional cooperation projects.

Impact Economic cooperation and integration between SASEC member countries, and between SASEC and its neighboring subregions accelerated
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Implementation of SASEC programs, projects, and initiatives accelerated
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Regional and national institutional mechanisms enhanced

Working groups for program-, project-, and task-related initiatives and issues strengthened.

SASEC Secretariat established and operationalized in the subregion

Capacity of SASEC member countries to plan, implement, and monitor projects and initiatives strengthened.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Bangladesh - Nation-wide; Bhutan - Nation-wide; India - Nation-wide; Maldives - Nation-wide; Myanmar - Nation-wide; Nepal - Nation-wide; Sri Lanka - Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services 18 person months of international consultants and 32 person-months of national consultants
Procurement No procurement to be made
Responsible ADB Officer Hayashi, Tadateru
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD
Timetable
Concept Clearance 26 Nov 2020
Fact Finding 04 Sep 2020 to 04 Sep 2020
MRM -
Approval 11 Dec 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 11 Dec 2020

TA 6674-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Dec 2020 - 11 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2023 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
900,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 900,000.00 11 Dec 2020 0.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Web Administrator Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Jun 2021 23 Jun 2021
Data Analytics for Assessing SASEC Logistics Movement Firm - Consulting Closed 18 May 2021 22 Jun 2021
Web Content Editor Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Apr 2021 21 Apr 2021
Supply Chain Mapping Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 10 Mar 2021 23 Mar 2021
SASEC Web Content Manager Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Jan 2021 27 Jan 2021
SASEC Web Administrator and Developer Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Jan 2021 27 Jan 2021

Contracts Awarded

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Procurement Plan

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